In 1957, while prohibited from traveling outside the US because of his political activism, Paul Robeson performed on a choral festival in Wales run by a mineworkers union.
The transition between middle school and high school is a critical time for music students. With the growing pressure to take on more academic rigor and increased opportunities to participate in activities and groups at the high school, many students and families can feel anxious about balancing these various interests and time commitments.
Six months ago, when the school shut down first started, I reached out to my friend Dr. Matthew Arau to join me for a series of webinars we called “Living in Tune.” Our goal for these webinars was to give people a single time—once per week—to get away from all of the stress, and to join in a group setting to refocus and rethink the way we approached our challenges.
As teachers embark on an unprecedented back to school season—with many students lacking access to their instruments, and with the inability to rehearse as ensembles—many educators are emphasizing individual musicianship skills in their curriculum to continue musical growth in remote and hybrid settings.